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Overworked and Overwhelmed?

Posted on Monday, October 13, 2014

I’m really excited to share with you a new book just being released this week that I think you’ll find tremendously useful. It’s called  Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative. 

This latest book from executive coach, speaker and author Scott Eblin will change the way you live each day at work, at home and in your community.

Scott works with thousands of executives and high potential leaders in some of the world’s best known and regarded organizations.  Packed cover-to-cover with real-world insights and simple, practical, applicable steps, Overworked and Overwhelmed helps leaders strengthen leadership presence by being fully present.

Here's some answers to a few questions he was asked about being overworked and overwhelmed:

How can we balance priorities from work, home, and community to have a more fulfilling life?

First, be clear about your priorities.  You can’t balance them if you don’t know what they are.  That’s the awareness piece.  Then set up routines that help you be more intentional in honoring those priorities.  For instance, one executive I know is very serious about achieving at work but also wants to be present for her kids.  When she comes in from her garage each evening, she plugs her smartphone into a charger in her laundry room and leaves it there until her kids are in bed.  It’s an easy to do routine that has made a big difference in honoring her priorities at home.

Why is the feeling of being overworked and overwhelmed escalating to worse levels than ever before?

There are two big reasons.  The first is the financial crisis of 2008.  To survive back then, every organization got very good very quickly at doing more with less.  Even as the economy has recovered, organizations and their employees are still in that mode.  The second big factor is the smartphone.  Today, more than a billion people carry a computer masquerading as a phone in their purse or pocket.  It enables us to be on 24/7.  Recent research shows that the smartphone-enabled executive, manager or professional is connected to their work 72 hours a week.  There are 168 hours in a week.   If you’re spending 72 of them on work, and let’s say 56 on sleeping, eating and bathing, that leaves 40 for everything else you have to or want to do in your life.  So, why do you feel so overworked and overwhelmed?

How can we reorganize our calendar so it doesn’t overwhelm us?

There’s an study going on at Google right now to determine the factors that make Googlers feel energized or deenergized.  One of the big findings is that when it comes to managing their calendars, Googlers are either segmenters or integrators.  The 31% who are segmenters work when they’re at work and ignore it when they’re away from work.  The 69% who are integrators check in on their work throughout the day regardless of where they are.  Half of the integrators say they’re burned out. All of the segmenters are energized by work.  So the odds are, that segmenting will work better for you than integrating.  To get started on segmenting designate one or two hours each evening as a smartphone free zone.

I know Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative  will have a huge impact on your life. It’s the kind of book you want to share with peers, friends and family! 

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